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Biden’s big social spending bill caught in snags in the Senate

President Joe Biden’s giant social and climate spending bill on Thursday night appeared stalled in the U.S. Senate for some time to come, a deep frustration for congressional Democrats who aimed to pass the ambitious package by the Christmas recess. ... Read more»

First phase ending for child tax credit, a 'game changer' for Arizona families

Arizona families may have seen the last – for now – payment under an expanded child tax credit program, passed earlier this year as part of the pandemic-relief American Rescue Plan, that advocates say has been a “game changer” for low-income families in the state. ... Read more»

Expanded Child Tax Credit program did a 'world of good,' Arizona politicians say

Advocates and Arizona government officials are praising the newly expanded Child Tax Credit, which has provided thousands of dollars to Arizona households, calling it “help when we need it the most.” ... Read more»

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

Starting next week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of changes in that law expanding and reworking the federal child tax credit, the most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year.... Read more»

The economic recovery isn’t lifting everyone

The United States is slowly emerging from the COVID-19 economic recession; unemployment has dropped by more than half, people are spending more money, and families are paying off their credit card debt again - yet these milestones mask an uncomfortable truth: The economic recovery is mostly benefiting white families.... Read more»

Congress clears giant $1.9T pandemic aid package for Biden’s signature

A sweeping $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after the U.S. House passed the latest pandemic relief measure Wednesday on a party-line vote. The massive bill includes a new round of $1,400 direct checks for many Americans, as well as an extension of expanded unemployment checks to assist people whose jobs vanished in the past year of shutdowns and lockdowns. ... Read more»

COVID-19 relief would overhaul, boost aid for 1.5 million Arizona kids

As many as 1.5 million Arizona children could benefit from an expansion of the child tax credit that would mean monthly checks to parents of up to $300 per child if approved by Congress this week.... Read more»

The facts about immigration and the child tax credit

Immigrants and the child tax credit are back in the news again. This time the claims being leveled are even more hyperbolic and misleading than before.... Read more»

Analysis

Bill raises questions about Rubio's immigration positions

Immigration advocates were surprised this week when the Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill that was not his promised DREAM Act-like proposal, but rather a bill that attacks “blameless” low-income American children.... Read more»